Scale Up 4 Growth

open-opportunity

“UWE Bristol has announced the launch of the next round of Scale Up 4 Growth (S4G) funding. SMEs in the region can apply for grants to support total project values of £20,000 to £30,000 to support their scale-up ambitions.”

Alex Leach
Deputy Director of Programmes

The University has been awarded funding to pass onto the region’s businesses, but SMEs will have to move quickly – the deadline for applications is 29 February 2024. Eligible SMEs need to have five or more employees, and be based in Bristol; Bath and North East Somerset; North Somerset; Somerset; South Gloucestershire; South Wales; or Swindon and Wiltshire and must have ambitions to grow their business – increasing employee numbers and turnover.

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Reducing compound pressures on the NHS and social care

open-opportunity

“The NIHR wants to generate high-quality research evidence into the evaluation of health and care interventions and services to reduce compound pressures on the NHS and social care.”

Ben Hugill
Innovation Advisor

This cross-programme call from the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) for research supports the recently published Department of Health and Social Care Areas of Research Interest which calls for high quality evidence to support those who plan, commission, manage, deliver and use services across the health, public health and social care sector.

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NIHR i4i & OLS Real World Evidence Programme

open-opportunity

“The aim of this call is to support consortia to address real world evidence gaps to accelerate widespread adoption of technologies recommended for early use in the NHS through NICE Early Value Assessment.”

Cheryl Scott
Senior Programme Manager – Commercial

Funding will be deployed to generate real world evidence for product(s) to achieve a full NICE evaluation, generate further evidence required by commissioners to increase uptake, and to capture generalisable learnings to support future innovators. Applications that align with the Life Sciences Vision, published in July 2021, are particularly welcomed.

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Made Smarter West of England Programme

open-opportunity

“This excellent programme offers 1:1 support with sector experts to establish the most appropriate support for SMEs.”

Ben Hugill
Innovation Adviser

WECA’s Made Smarter West of England Programme supports production-based Small and Medium Enterprises in the region (Bristol, Bath and North East Somerset and South Gloucestershire) to adopt industrial digital technologies to support their development and growth.

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START - pre-incubation programme

open-opportunity

“If you, or someone you know, has ever wanted to run your own business, to realise an idea, to have something that’s yours or to make an impact, then START can help.”

Claire Denyer
Project Manager

START is a fully-funded programme to take individuals from business idea to starting a company. It’s a West of England Combined Authority funded programme, led by UWE Bristol in collaboration with University of Bristol, the University of Bath, Bath Spa University and techSPARK.

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South West Investment Fund

open-opportunity

“It’s great to see this new fund launched from the British Business Bank. It will provide much-needed investment in the region’s businesses, enabling them to thrive, expand, and contribute to the economic prosperity of the South West.”

Cheryl Scott
Industry and Innovation Lead

The South West Investment Fund will increase the supply and diversity of early-stage finance for new and growing smaller businesses for various purposes, such as expansion, product or service innovation, and new processes, skills or capital equipment. It will offer a range of commercial finance options with loans from £25,000 to £2 million and equity investment up to £5 million.

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